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E. Jay Abt
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience

E. Jay Abt is a trial-oriented criminal defense attorney who understands that his clients are facing one of the most challenging moments of their life. Mr. Abt defends those who are facing serious charges with skilled... Read More »
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M. Qader A. Baig
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Plead Your Case, Not Your Guilt. Call Now To Protect Your Rights.

Attorney M. Qader A. Baig has more than 20 years of experience in the courtroom and is an asset to any case. He is intimately familiar with the local legal systems and has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense... Read More »
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Jason Swindle
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Criminal Defense, Which Includes DUI, is all I Do.

I have totally dedicated my practice to criminal defense because of my passion for excellence in helping others. I am honored to be named as the only Super Lawyer in criminal defense in many west Georgia counties. Read More »
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Christine Koehler
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience

Christine Koehler is the lawyer that other lawyers hire when they need legal assistance. Christine has been practicing law for 22 years. At the beginning of her career she focused solely on criminal, DUI and traffic... Read More »
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Stacy Snyder Garguilo
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience

Thomas M. Cooley L.S.(MI)Georgia
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Johnny Ramirez Castaneda
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(770) 719-8166 116 South Main Street
Suite 7
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Johnny Ramirez Castaneda has been practicing law in the areas of criminal law, family law, and personal injury law since 1999. Mr. Castaneda is a graduate of John Marshall Law School in Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Castaneda has a B.S.B.A. degree from Colorado State University (Pueblo, CO) and an MBA from Cleveland State University (Cleveland, OH). His practice has successfully secured favorable resolutions in the areas of criminal law, family law, and personal injury.

Mr. Castaneda has handled thousands of cases. He has taken cases from the beginning to resolution. His legal skills and vast experience has resulted in the dismissal...
Leon Hicks
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(770) 471-5001 118 North Ave
Suite C
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Atlanta Law School
Mr. Stephen Knights Jr.
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(678) 373-4433 519 Forest Parkway
Suite 220
Forest Park, GA 30297
Criminal and DUI
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
In 2006, Attorney Stephen Knights became an Assistant Solicitor General with the Clayton County Solicitor General's Office. There he prosecuted all misdemeanor offenses ranging from traffic offenses (suspended license, speeding, tag violation, no insurance) to DUIs (per-se and less-safe) and Battery-Family Violence cases. He also received the Professional Image Award while at that office. In 2007, he became an Assistant District Attorney with the Griffin Judicial Circuit for three years. There he specialized in prosecuting drug offenses and had cases in Spalding, Pike, Upson, and Fayette Counties. He had numerous jury trials, ranging from ounces to kilograms of drugs including;...
Johnny Felan Castaneda Sr.
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(404) 626-5528 116 S. Main Street Suite 2
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Immigration, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Woodrow Wilson College of Law
Attorney Johnny Felan Castaneda Sr. has been a member of the Georgia Bar in good standing since 1990, helping those in need of legal assistance and supporting victims of wrong doing. Our firm offers a Wide range of experience handling a multitude of cases successfully. Please call us for a free office consultation. Languages: Spanish and English. Email us at officejfc@aol.com or visit our website: http://castanedalawfirms.com/
John Felan Spoon Castaneda
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney
(770) 408-8654 116 South Main Street Suite 6
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
Georgia State University College of Law
Vernon Smith
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(770) 471-4040 118 North Avenue
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(770) 472-7334 108 Williamson Mill Road
JONESBORO, GA 30237
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Atlanta Law School
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(770) 478-1650 125 N Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(770) 471-1161 149 S McDonough St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal and Arbitration & Mediation
Harvard University
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(770) 473-1989 116 S Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Tulane University-LA
Janice Fabiana Alfred
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience

Ms. Alfred obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College located in Clinton, NY in 1998. After taking two years off to work at a large law firm in New York City, she enrolled at the New York Law School in... Read More »
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Nicola Cummings
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney

Attorney Nicola Cummings is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Henry County Georgia. She devotes herself to the practice areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury Law. She attended Mercer... Read More »
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Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(770) 478-3200 194 S Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(770) 210-4886 184 North Ave
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI and Employment
Georgia State University
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(770) 471-0599 21 Lee St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal and DUI
Atlanta Law School
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(678) 457-8423 124 N McDonough St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal
Howard University
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(770) 603-6572 124 N McDonough St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(770) 477-3380 9151 Tara Blvd
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Villanova University
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(770) 477-1821 216 N McDonough St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Woodrow Wilson Col.of Law
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(770) 471-4433 102 S Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Georgia State University
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(770) 471-0092 165 N Main St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
Clayton County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(770) 473-5955 112 Smith St
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Criminal, DUI and Municipal
Emory University
Brandon Alexander Thomas
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer

Mr. Thomas is an experienced criminal defense attorney that handles serious cases involving drugs, firearms, fraud, white collar crime, violence, and sex crimes. Mr. Thomas received his law degree from Emory University... Read More »
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Howard J. Weintraub
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 44 years experience

Emory UniversityGeorgia and Dist. of Columbia
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David S. Ballard
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Fayette County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(770) 461-4222 113 Glynn Street S.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Cannabis Law and DUI
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
A Double Dawg from the University of Georgia, high honors in Political Science in 2007, and honors at UGA Law School in 2011. David's practice includes bankruptcy, personal injury, civil litigation and criminal defense. AV-Preeminent (highest lawyer ratings in legal ability and ethical conduct. "Superb" attorney ratings by AVVO, plus was named a 2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers. David is currently President of the Fayette County Bar Association and is an adjunct professor at Georgia Military College in Fayetteville.
P. Justin Thrailkill
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Fayette County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N. Jeff Davis Dr.
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Justin devotes his practice primarily to the areas of divorce, custody, and parental advocacy in DFCS matters. As an advocate for the rights of parents, Justin has realized his lifelong passion for helping others in their time of need. Through seven years of practice, Justin has represented a variety of clients in various matters throughout our legal system. He finds great satisfaction in seeing his client’s cases through to a successful resolution, regardless of the challenges that may exist with any particular case. Among his peers, Justin is well known to be a compassionate advocate for...
Forrest Clinton Barbour
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Fayette County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(770) 461-2025 465 N Jeff Davis Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Georgia State University College of Law
I am a 2008 graduate of Georgia State University’s College of Law. Prior to entering law school, I attended and graduated from Georgia Southern University, where I played offensive line for the Georgia Southern Eagles football team. I enjoy spending time with my wife (who is a Staff Attorney for Judge Fletcher Sams in Fayette County) and two children and watching the Georgia Southern Eagles and Atlanta Braves. I have taught Sunday School and served on Church Council at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, Georgia. I am also currently the president of the Starr’s...
Allen Bodiford
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Henry County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(678) 565-8970 100 Corporate Center Dr
Suite A
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Woodrow Wilson Col.of Law
Allen Bodiford has practiced as a trial attorney for over 25 years, and has tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases. Since 1987, Allen has had the pleasure and honor of representing clients in hundreds of bench trials and more than 25 jury trials, in cases of divorce and domestic relations, wrongful death, automobile accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice, along with felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Allen brings his years of litigation experience to bear in evaluating, preparing, and trying cases, as well as, settling cases when appropriate. Allen has obtained favorable...
Michelle Clark
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Henry County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
135 Eagles Walk
Suite 100
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Michelle R. Clark, the firm owner, is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on criminal and domestic litigation. She has successfully litigated civil and criminal matters. She is a skilled and seasoned litigator. Member of Henry County Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers, Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and American Bar Association Appointed as State of Georgia , Special Assistant Attorney General representing Henry County DFACS in 2004; Selected as the first Davis-Wright Tremaine Scholar (1990-1993); Member of Puget Sound Inn of Courts, Moot Court Board, National Moot Court Quarterfinalist for Frederick Douglas Moot Court Team; Western Regional Best Petitioner's...
Jonathan Thomas Overman
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Fayette County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer
(770) 626-5200 259 Glynn St. South
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, DUI, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Jimmy Lee Whitlock
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Fayette County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(770) 461-4882 345 E Lanier Ave
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Estate Planning
John Marshall L.S. (Atlanta)
I've practiced Law for 40 years, Located since 1980, at 345 E.Lanier Ave, Fayetteville, GA. Most of my practice is dedicated to representing DUI cases, Criminal cases Non-contested, or Uncontested Divorce, Wills and Probate Matters. I was a Municipal Judge in two cities, Fayetteville and Riverdale, GA., for a total of about 12 years. Many of my clients, and friends, call me The Godfather...because if I take your case I"ll treat you as part of the Family.
Melissa Potter Sanford
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Fayette County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(770) 719-3353 101 Devant Street
Suite 801
Fayetteville, GA 30214
Criminal, Divorce and Family
Villanova University School of Law
George Chadwell Creal Jr.
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(404) 333-0706 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. NE
Unit 190
Atlanta, GA 30312
Free ConsultationFulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
The University of Georgia School of Law and University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
George C. Creal, Jr., P.C. is a law firm concentrating in DUI Defense and Personal Injury and Work Injury Prosecution. We have represented thousands of individuals arrested for DUI, secured over 100 not guilty jury verdicts for our clients and secured millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for those injured at work and through the negligence of others. As reflected in our 5 star client reviews across the internet, our dedication to customer service and the well-being of our clients are second to none. Rated AV Preeminent on Martindale.com and 10.0/10.0 on Avvo.com. If you are in Metro Atlanta...
Ecleynne Mercy
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Fulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(404) 599-3031 101 Marietta Street NW
Suite 3650
Atlanta, GA 30303
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Ecleynne Mercy is a proud graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School with a concentration in Litigation.

Ecleynne started her legal career as an indigent defense attorney in Clayton County. Later, as an associate with the Cochran Firm, Ecleynne was devoted in representing clients in their pursuit of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Ecleynne Mercy and her colleagues went to Ferguson, Missouri to act as legal observers for the ongoing protests involving the death of Michael Brown. The National Conference of Black...
Gunner Pak
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience

Bowing up for justice since 2006! Gunner Pak and his trademark bow-tie are well-known in the Atlanta legal community. He is completely at home in the courtroom - whether handling a traffic ticket or a drug trafficking... Read More »
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Paul Stephen Kish
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Success and Experience Fighting for the Criminally Accused! Vigorous Defense!

I am an aggressive and skilled criminal defense attorney. I am an advocate that understands both the law and the need to aggressively defend you! Visit my website for verdicts and settlements. Call for a consultation! Read More »
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Ryan Locke
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Fulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(404) 900-5672 1355 Peachtree Street NE Suite 1800
Atlanta, GA 30309
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Personal Injury
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
Ryan Locke represents people who have been injured and people who have been unfairly convicted from his office in Atlanta. Formerly a public defender, Ryan uses the same passion and relentless advocacy for his clients today. Ryan is also an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law; hosts a podcast about appellate practice called Georgia Appellate Review; and maintains comprehensive legal resources on his website for lawyers and the public, such as his guide for using the HITECH Act to get cheap medical records and his guide for people to change their name and gender in Georgia government documents.
Joshua Landon Brownlee
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Dekalb County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer
(404) 423-7660 125 East Trinity Place, Suite 312
Decatur, GA 30030
Free ConsultationCriminal and Divorce
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School and Georgia State University College of Law
Joshua Brownlee is a native of Georgia. Mr. Brownlee received his B.A. from Georgia State University and his J.D. from John Marshall Law School. While at John Marshall, Mr. Brownlee was a member of the school's mock trial team. Mr. Brownlee was the recipient of the 2009-2010 Judge Harold R. Banke Advocacy Award for outstanding performance on the mock trial team. Throughout law school, Mr. Brownlee dedicated himself to protecting indigent rights by volunteering at both the Metro Conflict Defender Office and DeKalb County Public Defender's Office. During this time, Mr. Brownlee had the opportunity to sit...
James Lawrence Yeargan Jr
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Fulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(404) 467-1747 1170 Peachtree St NE
Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30309
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Mercer Univ-W.George L.S
James Yeargan is one of the most respected, and sought after DUI attorneys in the state. His successful defense record, and unprecedented devotion to his clients, has earned him this honor. Mr. Yeargan’s reputation as a tenacious DUI practitioner, coupled with his remarkable trial strategy and indomitable presence in the courtroom, have earned him the moniker “DUI Jim” throughout the Atlanta community, and Georgia at large. It is his dedication to his clients that makes Mr. Yeargan’s DUI practice so unique and sought after.
Jody L. Sellers
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Spalding County, GA Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(770) 415-9848 100 South Hill Street, Suite 502
Griffin, GA 30223
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Juvenile
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
At the Sellers Law Firm, LLC, I practice primarily in family law and criminal defense, ranging from divorce, legitimation, adoption, deprivation, and custody cases to DUIs, misdemeanors, traffic citations, and major felonies. My firm is located in Griffin, Georgia, but I travel across the state to represent our clients. I also handle matters related to personal injury, workers compensation, medical malpractice, products liability, and wills/probate. If you are in need of an attorney now or you just want to ask a few questions, give me a call at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients...
Nicola Cummings
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Henry County, GA Criminal Law Attorney
(678) 369-1804 1735 Pennsylvania Street
P.O. Box 424
McDonough, GA 30253
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
West Virginia University College of Law and Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Attorney Nicola Cummings is an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Henry County Georgia. She devotes herself to the practice areas of Criminal Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury Law. She attended Mercer University Law School and Virginia University School of Law where she earned a Masters of Law in Forensic Justice.

Attorney Cummings has an extensive career in criminal law. She began her career in criminal justice at Gwinnett County Police Department as a Crime Scene Investigator where she investigated all types of all types of crimes scenes from burglaries to homicide for almost 10 years. She...
Paul Stephen Kish
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Fulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(404) 207-1338 225 Peachtree St NE
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Atlanta, GA 30303
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and White Collar Crime
University System of Georgia - University of Georgia
I have been involved in the criminal justice system for over 36 years. After all that time, I still like the work of representing clients. Everyone is human, and most of us make mistakes from time to time. Even those who did nothing wrong occasionally find themselves involved in a matter that spins out of control. Relying on my 36 years’ worth of experience in doing this work, I try to remember that I cannot judge what happened when I am asked to represent someone under investigation or being prosecuted for a supposed crime. Instead, my goal at first is...
Tanya Miller
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Fulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(404) 594-7778 75 14th Street NE
Suite 2110
Atlanta, GA 30309
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Personal Injury
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Tanya Miller is comfortable in the spotlight, whether engaging the judge and jury in the courtroom, appearing as a legal analyst and commentator on broadcast media, or leading high-profile cases that have earned national attention for her strategies and successes.

She is also a passionate advocate for each and every one of her clients, standing strong to give voice to the injured, the wrongfully accused, and those vulnerable to the vagaries of the criminal justice system. With thousands of hours spent face-to-face with witnesses and head-to-head with opposing counsel, Miller is Exhibit A for the value of extensive courtroom experience.

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Akintunde Akinyele
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Dekalb County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(678) 281-1567 160 Clairemont Ave., Suite 200
Decatur, GA 30030
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Immigration and Personal Injury
Georgia State University College of Law
Tunde Akinyele has been practicing law in the Metropolitan Atlanta area for the past 13 years. He is a former Senior Assistant District Attorney with the DeKalb County District Attorney's office, where he handled serious criminal offenses including burglaries, armed robberies, sexual assault cases, crimes against children, white collar, and homicide cases. Tunde is an experienced trial lawyer and will aggressively defend your rights, with a strong criminal practice, including traffic offenses, misdemeanors, DUI, minor and major drug offenses, and minor and major felony cases. Our firm also has an immigration practice, including Family...
Torris J. Butterfield
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Fulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(404) 522-5056 The Hurt Building, 50 Hurt Plaza, S.E., Suite 1120
Atlanta, GA 30303
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Eric Bernstein
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(404) 333-0706 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE
Unit 190
Atlanta, GA 30312
Free ConsultationFulton County, GA Criminal Law Attorney with 11 years experience
Criminal and DUI
University of Miami School of Law
After years of representing indigent clients in matters ranging from traffic crimes to murder as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami, Eric Bernstein has transitioned into private criminal defense in the Metro Atlanta area and well beyond. Trained for years by some of most respected criminal defense attorneys in the business, Mr. Bernstein incorporates his trial skills and negotiation techniques on a daily basis with George Creal Jr., P.C. He has helped clients obtain justice in dozens of counties and municipalities all over the state of Georgia. Mr. Bernstein has also tried cases ranging from murder to...
David S West
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Georgia Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience

With more than 20 years experience as one of metro Atlanta's premier criminal defense lawyers, David S. West has been recognized throughout Georgia and the southeast for his success defending difficult and high-profile... Read More »
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Thomas C. Nagel
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Georgia Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience

Georgia State University College of Law and The University of Georgia School of LawGeorgia Supreme Court, Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals and United States District Court – Northern District
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Clayton County Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Clayton County Pro Bono Project
(404) 524-5811
Atlanta, GA


DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
(404) 373-0865
Decatur, GA

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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.